Is your journey through life overwhelming? Are you aimless or have you followed too many dead ends? Christ has come to guide us. Christ is more than just a map. He is here to direct you. He is prepared to protect you. He has promised to provide for you.
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In today’s lesson from Matthew 14:13-21 we see how five loaves and two fish abundantly feed the multitudes who have come to hear Jesus. This miracle not only demonstrates Jesus’ authority over creation, but His compassion for those who seek to follow God.
The journey has always been too much for those who choose to walk apart from God. But God showers mercy upon those who journey with him. The children of Israel were fed manna from heaven. The prophet Elijah ate bread made by angels. And even now, the disciples of Christ partake of holy food at God’s altar.
Is the journey too much? Yes, it has always been so. But, Christ has come and has walked our path. He has gone through our death and has returned to us from death itself. He rose from the dead and returned to His disciples. Not only does He know the way to eternal life past death, He has the power to return and guide us to the same place. And He has promised never to leave us or forsake us.
Christ is the bread of life, the wine of immortality. If we, who are evil, know what it means to give good gifts to our children, how much more will our heavenly Father give us all things needful! Christ has come. We are sustained in faith by His faithfulness! We need not fear what we will eat, or drink. If we lack such things, we open our hands in prayer and our hearts in faith waiting on the Lord’s time. When blessings are showered upon us we can share them sacrificially with the same faith that depends on the Lord’s giving.
Our hands, our time, our reason, senses, homes, families, everything that we already possess are gifts from the Lord for the welfare of our families, neighbors, and community. We are called to work in faith, trusting that God will provide for us as we serve others through employment and the various stations of life to which we are called.
Is the journey too much? Not for those who have Jesus as Savior, Guide, and Friend. He is here today for all who pray to Him in faith.
Guide me, O thou great redeemer,
Pilgrim through this barren land;
I am weak, but thou art mighty,
Hold me with thy powerful hand;
Bread of heaven, bread of heaven
Feed me till I want no more;
Feed me till I want no more.